Date next to clock on Windows screen?

Is there a way to have the date alongside the clock time at the bottom right of my Windows screen? I can’t find a way to add it, but it seems so logical that you could put it there.

[list=1]Right-click on the task bar and make sure there is no check next to “Lock the Taskbar”
[li]Drag the top edge of the taskbar up so that it’s two rows tall instead of one.[/li][li]Arrange the various tool bars as desired. I keep the Quick Launch and Address bars on the upper row and let the running programs use the bottom row.[/li]Lock the task bar again, if you wish.

One more time, with proper coding…

[ol]Right-click on the task bar and make sure there is no check next to “Lock the Taskbar”
[li]Drag the top edge of the taskbar up so that it’s two rows tall instead of one.[/li][li]Arrange the various tool bars as desired. I keep the Quick Launch and Address bars on the upper row and let the running programs use the bottom row.[/li]Lock the task bar again, if you wish.[/ol]

There isn’t room to display it if you have the taskbar set to the default width. Make sure the taskbar isn’t locked by right-clicking it and checking to see if “Lock the Taskbar” is checked; if it is, uncheck it. Then grab the upper edge of the taskbar (the cursor will change to a vertical double arrow) and drag it upwards. This assumes your taskbar is in the standard position on the bottom of the screen.

First, are you aware that when the mouse cursor is brought over the time display on the bottom taskbar, a tooltip (a small rectangular pop-up window) showing the date should appear?

I don’t know how practical this is, but if you want a date that is displayed onscreen all the time, you could download a desktop notes or widget software, move the calendar or date to the bottom right of the screen, and enable the always-on-top option.

Oops, really should have previewed there.

And an even more logical option would be the ability to show not only the hour and minute, but the seconds too. That was available in Windows 3.1, but they took it away in Windows 98 (without even offering an option to show it) and never even explained why. :mad:

That is an ugly solution. You’d think they might’ve had an option to show the day and month in abreviated format next to the time. 12/01 or 12 Jan or even 01/12.

Yep, it sure is. Unfortunately, if you want the date displayed on the taskbar, it’s your only option, unless there’s a third-party addon that will let you do it. Personally, I like the wider taskbar, since it leaves more room for open application buttons and quicklaunch icons. I have it set to automatically group similar apps and to autohide the taskbar. I mostly use my computer for internet, so I have the Firefox status bar clock extension, which shows the date and time in any format I choose.

I’m not one to clutter my machine with all kinds of flashing add-on freeware gizmos, but I did find a nice desktop clock I really like: Topmost Clock

It floats over everything like an XClock in XWindows and you can tweak it nicely. I have set it up to show analog time + date, with the most basic appearance and all gray.

[QUOTE=the PC apeman]
One more time, with proper coding…

[ol]Right-click on the task bar and make sure there is no check next to “Lock the Taskbar”
[li]Drag the top edge of the taskbar up so that it’s two rows tall instead of one.[/li][li]Arrange the various tool bars as desired. I keep the Quick Launch and Address bars on the upper row and let the running programs use the bottom row.[/li][li]Lock the task bar again, if you wish.[/ol][/li][/QUOTE]

With my taskbar, ‘two rows tall’ gets me the time and the day-of-week. I need to go to three rows if I want the month, day of month, or the year. :frowning:

Maybe this screenshot of my taskbar will help identify what’s different between our systems.

Hmm… interesting, yes, though it doesn’t tell me how I get to mimic yours, (if indeed I decide I want to. :smiley: ) I definitely don’t have that thing where two rows in the rest of the taskbar seems to be equal to three rows in the systray. Also, I don’t have the big green START menu icon, though my ‘taskbar and start menu properties’ applet seems to think that I should in the preview it shows.

[QUOTE=the PC apeman]
One more time, with proper coding…

[ol]Right-click on the task bar and make sure there is no check next to “Lock the Taskbar”
[li]Drag the top edge of the taskbar up so that it’s two rows tall instead of one.[/li][li]Arrange the various tool bars as desired. I keep the Quick Launch and Address bars on the upper row and let the running programs use the bottom row.[/li][li]Lock the task bar again, if you wish.[/ol][/li][/QUOTE]

Cool. That’s what I wanted. Thanks.

Update, I think I found the option.

Control panel, display applet, appearances tab, ‘windows and buttons’ option.

Based on your screen shot, you’re on ‘Windows XP style’ I think. I’m with ‘Windows classic style’ and overall I like that, despite the system clock thing.

Cool, I learned (or at least re-learned) something today! :slight_smile:

I see. Your setup probably looks more like this. That would be “Windows Class style” in your Display properties. I’m using “Windows XP style”.

You beat me to it. (Even with the time saved not typing “ic” in classic.) Three rows would be a bummer.

AnnieChrist, you’re very welcome.

You will love this utility [http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,6122-order,1-page,1-c,alldownloads/description.html]TClockEx from PC World magazine

Also can be downloaded from other sites http://freepctech.com/rode/001.shtml

"Every now and then, a utility comes along that is so good you wonder why they didn’t put it in the operating system. This is what I thought when I first saw TClockEX, a freeware program by Dale Nurden. This utility seamlessly replaces the Windows Taskbar clock and allows you to display day, date and time in endless variations.

Using a simple intuitive interface you can select the fonts, the text the background colors, the text style and exactly how you want things to look… with seconds or without… full date… partial date… anyway you want to do it. The program even provides sample setups if you don’t wish to do one yourself. There isn’t anything about this program that can’t be configured and if you need help there is a complete and well written help file."

Hmm. Changing the height of my task bar (Windows 2000 machine at work) does not cause the date to appear.

I used TclockEx at one time, but it didn’t allow transparency of the clock background, making it look less than perfect against the standard XP shaded taskbar. I switched to AlfaClock http://www.alfasoftweb.com/alfaclock/ which fixes that.

AlfaClock and some other programs are mentioned here. http://www.lifehacker.com/software/downloads/download-of-the-day-dateintray-189578.php

There may be other similar programs.